Ade Adekola - ETHNOSCAPES: Icons as Transplants -Exhibition

  • Valerie Genty

Photographer and digital artist, Nigerian Ade Adekola conveys in his work Etnoscapes: icons transplants as a visual manifestation of cultural movements flows-ethnic landscapes-and tries to take our "imagined world" to another level of understanding. Following this line, Adekola shows in his mere contingency of cultural prejudice, and based on global ideas as interconnection and interdependence of societies reflects other ideas as the homogeneity of consumption or the paradox of identity. Even with a touch of humor. Treat archetypal image overlays Lagos, its main characters, transferred to other scenarios of large cities like New York, Tokyo, Paris, San Francisco, London, etc..Etnoscapes: icons as transplants is another fantastic result of work The icons of a metropolis . In these polarized images precepts of substance and form are in constant dialogue: space and subject unite in order to generate a syntax-criticism, though, for the perception of our global society. The meeting of these agents produce new meanings for developing other ways of understanding away from the nostalgia of the old historical ideologies.Ade Adekola work incorporates this new perspective and cleverly invites us to question and revise our own concepts. The concept of ethnic landscapes, the ethnoscapes , created by anthropologist Arjun Appadurai is characterized by the recognition of the inviolability of flows constantly shifting realities. In disjuncture and Different in the Global Cultural Economy , Appadurai defines it as "a landscape of persons who constitute the world of travel we live: tourists, immigrants, refugees, exiles, temporary workers, and other moving groups and persons constitute an essential feature of the world, and seem to affect politics among nations in an unprecedented degree so far. "